Jeff Sessions Is Holding Up Marijuana Reform In The NBA

This week Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sat down for an interview with SB Nation. At one point, they talk about player wellness - and naturally they get into marijuana. More and more players have spoken out in support of marijuana in the NBA, despite resistance from figures like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Roberts says:

My own view is that there are substantial signs that support its efficacy and the value that it has for us, especially pain management. We’re in talks with the league to see where we can go with it.

But don’t get too excited. Roberts has some harsh words for Jeff Sessions and his prohibitionist agenda. She doesn’t mince words as she explains how his approach to cannabis could put players at risk:

It is a banned substance in our league right now. If we do go down that road, we have to protect our players from — my words — a crazed attorney general who says he will prosecute violations of the law involving marijuana and he doesn’t care what individual states say.

In other words, I don’t want my guys being arrested at airports in possession of a cannabinoid by some fed. It’s against the law. So, we’ll see.

Doesn’t Jeff have more important things to worry about? 


Marijuana reform is coming to the US Virgin Islands as well as Trinidad and Tobago after both groups of Caribbean islands changed their cannabis laws recently. US Virgin IslandsThis week, the US Virgin Islands' newly elected governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the US territory. The legalization movement has been steadily growing in the Virgin Islands since 2014 when voters approved a referendum in favor of legalizing the substance.

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